Eat for Gut Health
“All disease begins in the gut”.
That’s what Hippocrates said more than 2000 years ago but we’re only just beginning now to understand how right he was.
Research over the past two decades has revealed that gut health is critical to overall health, and that an unhealthy gut contributes to a wide range of diseases including diabetes, obesity, rheumatoid arthritis, autism spectrum disorder, depression and chronic fatigue syndrome.
Here at My Goodness Organics, we are passionate advocates of good gut health. We believe that by removing common inflammatory allergens from the diet such as gluten and wheat, the gut can begin to heal. Combined with lots of fermented foods and bone broth, you have a recipe for better wellbeing. Our organic healthy meals can assist you with regaining good health.
Your gut is home to approximately 100,000,000,000,000 (100 trillion) microorganisms. That’s such a big number our human brains can’t really comprehend it. One trillion dollar bills laid end-to-end would stretch from the earth to the sun – and back – with a lot of miles to spare. Do that 100 times and you start to get at least a vague idea of how much 100 trillion is.
The human gut contains 10 times more bacteria than all the human cells in the entire body, with over 400 known diverse bacterial species. In fact, you could say that we’re more bacterial than we are human. Think about that one for a minute.
We’ve only recently begun to understand the extent of the gut flora’s role in human health and disease. Among other things, the gut flora promotes normal gastrointestinal function, provides protection from infection, regulates metabolism and comprises more than 75% of our immune system.
Unfortunately, several features of the modern lifestyle directly contribute to unhealthy gut flora:
- Antibiotics and other medications like birth control
- Diets high in refined carbohydrates, sugar and processed foods
- Diets low in fermentable fiber
- Dietary toxins like wheat and industrial seed oils that cause leaky gut
- Chronic stress
- Chronic infections
One of the most important functions of the gut is to prevent foreign substances from entering the body.
When the intestinal barrier becomes permeable or full of little holes (i.e. “leaky gut syndrome”), large protein molecules escape into the bloodstream. Since these proteins don’t belong outside of the gut, the body mounts an immune response and attacks them.
Leaky gut is a pre condition to developing autoimmune illnesses.
If you’ve been exposed to some of these factors, there are still steps you can take to restore your gut flora.
- Remove all food toxins such as gluten and wheat from your diet
- Eat plenty of fermentable fiber (sweet potato is a great one)
- Eat fermented foods like kefir, yogurt, sauerkraut, kim chi, etc., and/or take a high-quality, multi-species probiotic
- Treat any intestinal pathogens (such as parasites) that may be present with a Naturopath
- Take steps to manage your stress. Go for a walk, meditate, get some belly laughs!
My Goodness Organics healthy meal delivery can help you with the diet side of things in the easiest way possible.
All of our meals are free from food toxins and there is plenty of fermentable fiber and probiotics making healing that gut lining of yours a little less stressful.
If you have any questions regarding this information head on over to http://chriskresser.com/9-steps-to-perfect-health-5-heal-your-gut who has some amazing resources available to read.